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Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductees

John Cooper, Brian Griese and Ron Yary

John Cooper, Brian Griese and Ron Yary

John Cooper, Brian Griese and Ron Yary headline the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2012. “We are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals whose contributions at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium have enriched our game’s great history,” said Tournament of Roses Executive Director Bill Flinn. “This class, like those that came before, will be honored for years to come through this ceremony.”

John Cooper was the first and currently the only head coach in the history of the Rose Bowl Game to lead both a Big Ten and a Pac-12 team to victories - first with Arizona State in 1987 and then with Ohio State in 1997. In his three years at ASU, Cooper led his teams to a school-record three consecutive bowl games and ended his career with the Sun Devils with an impressive 25-9-2 mark.

At Ohio State, Cooper ranks second only to the legendary Woody Hayes in all-time wins. He led his teams to ten consecutive bowl games and finished his career with the Buckeyes posting a 111-43-4 record. He and his wife, Helen, have two children, John and Cindy.

Brian Griese played college football at the University of Michigan, where, as quarterback, he led the Wolverines to an undefeated season in 1997 and a share of the national championship. Griese was selected player of the game in the 1998 Rose Bowl Game, passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns in Michigan's win over Washington State. Altogether, he went 17-5 as a starter at Michigan and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

In 2002, Griese founded Judi’s House in memory of his mother who died when he was 12 years old. The center helps grieving children and families by offering grief counseling and peer support groups to share the experience of loss with others. Brian and his father, NFL quarterback, Bob Griese, wrote a book together, Undefeated, published in 2000, about their experiences through their undefeated seasons, living through the breast cancer illness and the death of Brian's mother and Bob's first wife, Judi. Griese currently serves as a college football analyst for ESPN. He and his wife, Brook, have two children, Annalia Rose and Nathan.

Ron Yary attended the University of Southern California where he was voted Pac-8 defensive lineman of the year and All-West Coast for his play at defensive tackle before being moved to the offensive line his junior year. He was a consensus All-American as a junior in 1966 and a unanimous All-American choice in 1967, his senior year. For his performance, Yary was the 1967 winner of both the Outland Trophy and the Knute Rockne Award, awards that annually go to the nation's top collegiate lineman. Yary was the first Trojan to receive this prestigious honor. He played in two Rose Bowl Games as a junior and senior, where the Trojans won the national championship under Coach John McKay.

During Yary's three seasons, the Trojans compiled a 24-7-1 record. He went on to become the No. 1 pick in the 1968 NFL draft and then starred 14 seasons (1968-81) with the Minnesota Vikings and in 1982 played with the Los Angeles Rams. He was a six-time NFL All-Pro and appeared in four Super Bowls with the Vikings. Yary was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He and his wife, Jamie, have three children, Jack, Grant and Kinley.

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to pay tribute to members of the Rose Bowl Game who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game, and those who embody the highest level of passion, strength, tradition and honor associated with The Granddaddy of Them All®. Over the past 23 years, a total of 104 inductees have been added to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored by a permanent plaque with their name and year of induction at The Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

The Tournament of Roses honors the 2013 Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame inductees with a ride down Colorado Boulevard in a 1936 Packard Standard Eight. The chic vehicle they ride in, the model production estimated at somewhere between five and ten vehicles, was exported to Russia by the U.S. Government to be used by Joseph Stalin. The vehicle is provided by the Automobile Driving Museum. The Packard is beautifully decorated by FTD Florists.

Updated on: 1/1/2013 10:53:20 AM

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